No other Big 12 school has two open end zones. As much as I love JTS, that's sad.
The price of doing the lower bowl and the east concourse was around $19.5 million. With the east concourse now done I would think just the lower bowl would be less than that. Why not just get that part done now and worry about the second deck at a later time.
I'll bet you it costs at LEAST double that. I would guess the upper deck is easy after you connect the concourses and have the lower deck installed, which is the ridiculously expensive part.
Tom Witosky, Iowa State's $135 Million Gamble
Pollard's plan calls for construction of an additional 24 luxury suites and new club seating at the football stadium, as well as eventual "bowling" of the south end zone. Total cost of those two football projects is $35 million, but the suite and club-seating project, which would cost $10 million, is the first priority.
Believe me, I am all for bowling in the south endzone. But not at the expense of putting fans in the stands. I think a lot of the appeal right now is the tailgating. You can make a day out of it. I just don't see us, until we are consistently winning 7 games a year or the economy gets much better, putting 50,000 in the Jack unless prices stay right about where they are. I'm not saying don't do it, or that I am right, it's just a fear of mine. Hell, season ticket prices have increased by over 200% when I started buying them in '99 and the results on the field have gotten a lot worse, so it could be that I am very wrong. I do hope it's a case of ISU building a really nice fan base up. It's definitely a fun, affordable place to watch a game.
A huge key for the south endzone being completed is donations. JP needs to focus on not just cash but product. (i.e. many construction contractors in this area support Iowa State Athletics) if they could get a contractor to do the footings and prep grade for only material cost, that would save a huge amount of money. Also getting local pre-cast concrete contractors to suppley pre-cast at bottom dollar or donate some, the end zone could come together for much less then projected. All of parts of the project are much less expensive compared to these items.
example: Okie State. Talk about going from sad to intimidating. Yeah, it'd be nice to have an oil tycoon in our corner, but it goes to show that sometimes you have to spend some to get some. Like Dan Hawkins said- this is the BIG TWELVE folks. We're in an arms race & right now we look like a MAC school- so our recruiting goes as such. I think in our case we may need to build a little atmosphere rather than wait for it.
After seeing West Virginia's stadium again on TV last night, I don't think we ever need a second deck to look big-league. Their stadium was initially built almost as a carbon-copy of ours, and the way they have filled in their end zones, especially the end with the ground-level suites/offices and stands on top, is impressive.